Unemployment numbers in Pearl River County for February of 2015
Published 7:00 am Thursday, April 16, 2015
Pearl River County’s unemployment rate fell to 20th in the state during the month of February.
According to information released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, Pearl River County’s unemployment rate for the month of February was 6.2 percent, which is a decrease from January’s revised rate of 7 percent. Overall, the rate puts Pearl River County 20th on the unemployment list out of the state’s 82 counties.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Mississippi in February was 7 percent, a decrease from January’s revised rate of 7.1 percent. In February of 2014 Mississippi’s adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9 percent.
Nationwide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February was 5.5 percent, a rate that decreased slightly from January at 5.7 percent.
A year ago in February the nationwide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.
Seasonally adjusted rates factor in patterns such as weather, holidays, school schedules and other occurrences that regularly affect employment rates. Only nationwide and statewide percentages are adjusted.
Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for February was 6.8 percent, the report states. The state’s unadjusted revised rate for January was 7.9 percent.
Mississippi’s unadjusted rate for February 2014 was 8.5 percent.
Nationwide, the unadjusted unemployment rate in February was 5.8 percent, decreasing from January’s rate of 6.1 percent. In February of the previous year, the unadjusted unemployment rate in the United States was 7 percent.
Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 28 reported unemployment rates at or below the statewide-unadjusted average of 6.8 percent. Rankin County again reported the least amount of unemployment with 4 percent. Madison County followed with a rate of 4.5 percent.
Issaquena County reported a population of the most unemployed with a rate of 21.3 percent while Humphreys County reported the second highest rate of 16.5 percent.